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Research Article

Designing Wearable Sensing Platforms for Healthcare in a Residential Environment

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  • @ARTICLE{10.4108/eai.7-9-2017.153063,
        author={Xenofon Fafoutis and Antonis Vafeas and Balazs Janko and R. Simon Sherratt and James Pope and Atis Elsts and Evangelos Mellios and Geoffrey Hilton and George Oikonomou and Robert Piechocki and Ian Craddock},
        title={Designing Wearable Sensing Platforms for Healthcare in a Residential Environment},
        journal={EAI Endorsed Transactions on Pervasive Health and Technology},
        keywords={Wearable Technology, Bluetooth Low Energy, IEEE 802.15.4, Internet of Things, eHealth, Digital Health},
  • Xenofon Fafoutis
    Antonis Vafeas
    Balazs Janko
    R. Simon Sherratt
    James Pope
    Atis Elsts
    Evangelos Mellios
    Geoffrey Hilton
    George Oikonomou
    Robert Piechocki
    Ian Craddock
    Year: 2017
    Designing Wearable Sensing Platforms for Healthcare in a Residential Environment
    DOI: 10.4108/eai.7-9-2017.153063
Xenofon Fafoutis1,*, Antonis Vafeas1, Balazs Janko2, R. Simon Sherratt2, James Pope1, Atis Elsts1, Evangelos Mellios1, Geoffrey Hilton1, George Oikonomou1, Robert Piechocki1, Ian Craddock1
  • 1: Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University of Bristol, Woodland Road, Bristol, BS8 1UB, UK
  • 2: Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Reading, Whiteknights, Reading, RG6 6AY, UK
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Wearable technologies are valuable tools that can encourage people to monitor their own well-being and facilitate timely health interventions. In this paper, we present SPW-2; a low-profile versatile wearable sensor that employs two ultra low power accelerometers and an optional gyroscope. Designed for minimum maintenance and a long-term operation outside the laboratory, SPW-2 is able to o er a battery lifetime of multiple months. Measurements on its wireless performance in a real residential environment with thick brick walls, demonstrate that SPW-2 can fully cover a room and - in most cases - the adjacent room, as well.